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The Scottish Planning Bill - Briefing and discussion

A South East Scotland Chapter Event

Monday, 05 February 2018 at 5:30PM - 7:30PM
The Urban Room, City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court, Edinburgh
RTPI Scotland

The Planning (Scotland) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 4 December 2017. The Bill is central to a package of measures that Government believes are essential to strengthen the planning system's contribution to inclusive growth and empowering communities. The Bill represents a milestone in the ‘root and branch’ reform of the planning system announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in 2015 and sets a high level framework for future Parliamentary scrutiny and secondary legislation and guidance.

The reception of the Bill amongst our colleagues across the built environment sector has however, been mixed, with both RTPI Scotland, PAS and RICS Scotland questioning if the measures are bold enough to enable the Scottish Planning System to stand out as a world leader.

There is an opportunity over the next few weeks to submit written evidence to the Local Government and Communities Committee setting out your views on the Planning (Scotland) Bill which will inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the Bill. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 2nd February and we would encourage everybody to make their views known on behalf of their individual organisations.

This event scheduled for immediately after the deadline, is the first opportunity to hear from RTPI Scotland on their response and an overview of the key headline measures from the bill. We invite you to come along and discuss the and how the bill can contribute to an ongoing process of planning reform, guided by Kate Houghton, Policy and Practice Officer at RTPI Scotland.

Please arrive for 5.30pm for a 6pm start. We will aim to finish by 7.30pm.

Places are FREE for RTPI members and for students. Non-RTPI members welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register your place please email Sam Edwards at by 3rd February